Make sure you always follow the user instructions when using accumulators and batteries. Also remember to use the correct charging device when charging high-power accumulators and batteries for leisure activities (such as those used with radio-controlled cars and planes).
How to use accumulators and batteries safely
- Follow the product user instructions − there may be specific instructions on charging.
- Use the correct charging device.
- Keep on eye on the accumulator or battery-driven product:
- if the accumulator or battery becomes very warm, balloons or swells, remove it immediately from the device.
- Make sure the accumulator or battery does not become short-circuited:
- keep potential hazards such as keys, coins, jewellery and water away from it.
- Do not cause any mechanical damage to the accumulator or battery.
- Keep the product away from hot objects including:
- stoves, fireplaces, clothes irons, heaters, car dashboards.
- Remember to check the polarity when changing the accumulator or battery.
- When no longer required, dispose of accumulators and batteries by taking them to an appropriate recycling point.
- If an accumulator or battery shows signs of leakage, place it in a plastic bag.
- Cover the poles of a lithium accumulator or battery with sticky tape.
- Make sure the accumulators and batteries you take to a recycling point are fully discharged.